Jim Schwartz, the former Detroit Lions coach, will not be out of work during the 2015 season.
Schwartz will serve as a consultant to the NFL’s officiating department, according to a report from FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez.
His main duties revolve around providing a coach’s perspective for some of the decisions made by the officiating office, per Marvez’s story. He starts on Tuesday.
It’s a good way for the 48-year-old Schwartz to stay involved in the game after he was let go following the 2014 season when the Buffalo Bills hired Rex Ryan as head coach. Schwartz had done a good job as the defensive coordinator. The Bills’ defense was ranked fourth in the NFL at the end of the season.
Lions fans won’t soon forget the fact that Schwartz was carried off the field when the Bills defeated the Lions 17-14 at Ford Field in October. Lions kicker Alex Henery missed three field goals including a 50-yard attempt with 21 seconds left. The winning margin was a 50-yard Dan Carpenter field goal with 4 seconds left.
Schwartz was the Lions head coach for five seasons. He was fired after the 2013 season when the Lions went 7-9. Prior to that he was the Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator from 2001 to 2008.
Expect Schwartz to get back into coaching, possibly in the 2016 season. In the meantime, he’s got an interesting opportunity for the coming season.